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Ed Reed said that he will not retire following the Super Bowl.

Despite flirting with retirement for much of the last few offseasons, Reed now insists he won't be following Ray Lewis off into the sunset. The question is if the impending free agent will be back in Baltimore. Even though he'll be 35 in September, Reed still figures to draw significant interest around the league. Old friend Chuck Pagano, now with the Colts, could come calling. Patriots coach Bill Belichick is also an unabashed fan of Reed.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 12:36:00 PM

Packers signed GM Ted Thompson to a multi-year contract extension.

Thompson, 61, took over as the Packers' general manager in 2005 and has spent 18 years in the organization with a five-year stint in Seattle in between. Since taking over, the Packers have gone 86-57-1 and have won four NFC North titles and one Super Bowl. Thompson is one of the top decision-makers in the league.
Jul 30 - 2:05 PM

NFL suspended Bills LB Nigel Bradham one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

It likely arises from his 2013 marijuana arrest. After WLB Kiko Alonso went down with a torn ACL, Bradham was viewed as the favorite to open the season as the starter. Some viewed Bradham as being on the roster bubble entering spring. We don't see him getting cut with the Bills thin at linebacker, but this isn't going to please the coaching staff. Bradham will be back Week 2.
Jul 30 - 1:53 PM

Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko reports "at this stage" Darren McFadden has the "starting edge" over Maurice Jones-Drew in the Raiders' backfield.

Klemko, however, does allow that this "should be a committee backfield considering McFadden's injury history." While McFadden may get the "starts," Jones-Drew leading the Raiders in carries is probably the safe bet. McFadden is certainly the more talented runner, but he's never played a full 16-game slate. This is going to be a timeshare. MJD and DMC are currently going in the seventh and eight rounds of fantasy drafts, respectively, as RB3/FLEX options.
Jul 30 - 12:15 PM

Brandon Bostick worked mostly with the Packers' starting offense on Wednesday.

Third-round rookie TE Richard Rodgers drew all the hype during the spring, but that partly had to do with Bostick being sidelined as he recovered from foot surgery. Now healthy, Bostick is getting the bulk of the reps with the ones. By all accounts, he's looked impressive. Bostick capped off a two-minute drill with a fourth-down touchdown to close out practice Wednesday. The best athlete of the bunch at tight end in Green Bay, Bostick needs to be watched closely.
Jul 30 - 12:08 PM

Cowboys DE Demarcus Lawrence has been diagnosed with a broken foot, and will be sidelined 8-10 weeks.

The injury requires surgery. It's a crippling blow for a defensive line that was already the worst in the league, and a terrible bit of luck for the No. 34 overall pick of May's draft. Lawrence suffered the injury getting "slammed to the turf" by LT Tyron Smith in individual drills. Lawrence was all but assured of starting right end duties. The job will now fall to retread Jeremy Mincey, who has only five sacks over his past 26 games. The Cowboys don't have a pass rush.
Jul 30 - 1:04 AM

Cardinals signed CB Patrick Peterson to a five-year, $70 million extension through 2020.

The deal contains $48 million guaranteed. Peterson is now locked up through his age-30 campaign, so it's conceivable he could play out this entire deal. Richard Sherman received $40 million guaranteed on his extension, but Peterson is two years younger and signed a longer deal. In terms of new money, Peterson will make $14 million per year, while Sherman received $14.35 million annually in new cash. Peterson was a top-11 cover corner at Pro Football Focus last season and is still coming into his own. At 6'1/219, he has the size to match up with any receiver. He does get beaten an awful lot for a player some refer to as a "shutdown" corner. Peterson's game tape and metrics to this point suggest he's really good. He's not yet great. But he also just turned 24 years old.
Jul 29 - 11:59 PM

Ronnie Hillman "has usually been the second running back up" during Broncos camp.

Montee Ball is the unquestioned starter, but the competition behind him is wide open. Despite C.J. Anderson being the crowd favorite to win the job, Hillman is ahead at this point in camp. With four fumbles in only 140 career carries, he still has to improve his ball security if he hopes to earn coaching-staff trust. Hillman is currently going undrafted in standard fantasy leagues. We still like Anderson as a better late-round stab if you're handcuffing Ball. GM John Elway has repeatedly referred to Hillman as a "change of pace" back," while bowling-ball Anderson has some similarities to Zac Stacy.
Jul 29 - 10:02 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Josh Gordon will argue in his appeal hearing that his positive marijuana test was the result of second-hand smoke.

The news comes to light after it was revealed that Gordon's positive test was barely above the NFL's strict threshold. Gordon would have tested negative for marijuana in Major League Baseball, the Olympics and even the federal government. It shines a light on just how odious the NFL's marijuana policy is. Gordon's appeal will be heard on Friday.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 8:04 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Lions are willing to let walk-year DT Ndamukong Suh reach the open market next offseason.

Per Rapoport, the Lions want an "informed" Suh to "sign a deal he’s happy with." It's a bizarre tact, one that would all but assure Suh leaves as a free agent. Players of his caliber almost never hit the market. It's possible the Lions are simply tired of the Suh experience, but he's an irreplaceable presence up front.
Jul 29 - 7:35 PM

Marshawn Lynch has accrued $455,000 in fines for his holdout.

Lynch is drawing $30,000 in daily fines, while his sixth day of holding out on Tuesday triggered a $275,000 fine under terms of the CBA. Coach Pete Carroll has expressed a desire to come to a resolution. That will likely include forgiving Lynch's fines.
Jul 29 - 6:53 PM

A San Antonio official confirms the city has had relocation talks with the Raiders.

"I was asked to meet two weeks ago with the owner of the Oakland Raiders, Mark Davis, and members of his staff," were the words of city manager Sheryl Sculley. "Mr. Davis has expressed interest in a possible relocation of his NFL team to San Antonio and we are engaged in preliminary due diligence." Davis has admitted he was in San Antonio on the weekend of July 18, but claims it was to attend the induction of former Raider Cliff Branch into a "local Hall of Fame." At the very least, Davis is looking to leverage San Antonio against Oakland in the sides' stadium battle.
Jul 29 - 6:45 PM




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